Author Archives: Margaret Jean Langstaff

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor

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“Hunting the Deceitful Turkey” – Mark Twain

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! This is from a 1906 issue of Harpers magagine.  Twain’s dry wit and lame brained (fake) susceptibility to always be out witted by any animal that ever tread the earth (so sweet, amusing)…

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America Burning

  Okay, seriously. In the last several months, my life has been strangely on hold in a sort of suspended animation as I became progressively more obsessed with the news, especially national political news. My eyes have become stuck like … Continue reading

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A Bit of Advice

A friend of mine sent this to me recently.  I can’t imagine why.

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In the Game of Life, Bad Spelling is Like Bad Breath

Why You Should Bother About Spelling I love the BBC.  They are so smart and always take time to do things right. They dot their I’s and cross their T’s, you know what I mean?. I stumbled on this excellently … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson’s Summer Reveries

(c) Copyright 2017 Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved Summer, The Dickinson Homestead, Amherst, Mass. Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood poets was an astute observer and student of the natural world.  Nature’s changing pageantry, big bold and … Continue reading

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From the new and edgy digital mag “Real Life”

Worth Reading. Warning: Thought required. “All My Ghosts” The intensity and immediacy of online correspondence accelerate the intimacy of relationships — and the ghosting Ruby Brunton June 13, 2017 Image: Evening Star (2016) by Tim Gardner. Oil on canvas. © Tim Gardner, … Continue reading

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